9 Day Californias Gold Coast with Yosemite & Tahoe

1 Reno, 2 South Lake Tahoe, 2 Yosemite, 1 Monterey & 2 San Francisco
Round trip airfare, 8 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights Chicago-Reno, San Francisco-Chicago
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Reno
    • 2 nights South Lake Tahoe
    • 2 nights Yosemite Region
    • 1 night Monterey
    • 2 nights San Francisco
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit the historic mining town of Virginia City and step back in time to the Wild West
  • Embark on a scenic cruise of beautiful Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie II paddle wheeler
  • At Yosemite National Park, see the Bridalveil Falls and the El Capitan granite monolith
  • Drive along the scenic Monterey Bay Peninsula, known as the "17 Mile Drive"
  • Escape to California's famous wine country, one of America's premier wine region
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Arrive in Reno
Arrive in Reno. Transfer independently to the hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that awaits you. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Reno

DAY 2, Wednesday - Virginia City, Trolley Tour, Ponderosa Mine, Travel to South Lake Tahoe
Depart Reno this morning and drive to the historic Virginia City. The town became a booming mining establishment overnight, with the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859. Take a narrated trolley tour of Virginia City and step back in time to the Wild West. View Victorian-era buildings, Old West saloons and learn about the town's history. After, visit the Ponderosa Mine, located in the heart of Virginia City's historic downtown. During your tour, view complete underground mine workings and displays featuring pieces of antique mining equipment. Later, drive to your hotel in South Lake Tahoe. This evening, gather together with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: South Lake Tahoe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe Cruise
Morning drive to Emerald Bay, the jewel of Lake Tahoe’s natural sights. Its waters are a bright blue-green color, due to the shallowness of the bay and the remarkable clarity of the lake. Right in the middle of the bay, view the tiny Fannette Island, home to the lake’s only islet. Along the way, stop to admire the cascading waterfalls of Eagle Falls, lush green mountain scenery and breathtaking views of Emerald Bay. Later, head to Zephyr Cove to embark on a scenic cruise of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Marvel at the alpine beauty of the surrounding area as you glide across the water aboard the M.S. Dixie II paddle wheeler. Afterward, return back to your hotel for time at leisure
Overnight: South Lake Tahoe
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Travel to Yosemite Region
Depart Lake Tahoe and head south towards Yosemite National Park. Awe-inspiring vistas await you on the drive through the Tioga Pass. At an elevation of 9,940 feet, it is the highest pass between Yosemite Valley and eastern California. Upon arrival at your hotel in Yosemite, spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Yosemite Region
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Explore Yosemite National Park
Discover the rugged beauty of Yosemite National Park, best known for its magnificent natural attractions. You'll be welcomed to the Yosemite Valley by Bridalveil Falls, one of the park's most prominent waterfalls that thunders during springtime, but has a calm and swaying flow for the rest of the year. View El Capitan, a favorite for experienced rock climbers, the largest monolith of granite in the world, and Half Dome, the recognizable symbol of Yosemite that rises nearly 5000 feet above the Valley floor. Continue to Glacier Point (road and weather permitting), an overlook offering stunning views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite's high country. Later, return back to your hotel
Overnight: Yosemite Region
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - 17 Mile Drive, Carmel, Monterey
Today, depart Yosemite and drive past the rich farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley and the peaceful San Luis Reservoir. Later, travel along the breathtaking Monterey Bay Peninsula, known as the "17 Mile Drive", widely recognized as one of the most picturesque panoramas in the world. The famous coastal landmark runs from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest with awe-inspiring vistas at every turn. Marvel at some of nature's treasures found along the drive including The Lone Cypress, one of California's best-known landmarks, and the Cypress Point Lookout. Continue on to the charming seaside town of Carmel, a haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Afterward, arrive in stunning Monterey with its extraordinary coastline and check into your hotel
Overnight: Monterey
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Travel to San Francisco
A scenic drive this morning takes you to San Francisco. Upon arrival, spend free time to explore the city on your own. Perhaps, head to Fisherman's Wharf with its quirky shops, cafes and endless entertainment. Visit Ghirardelli Square and sample some delicious chocolate at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, the oldest continuously operating chocolate manufacturer in America. Tonight, discover the city's world-class restaurants
Overnight: San Francisco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Wine Country Tour
Today, escape to California's famous wine country. Depart San Francisco and travel north to Sonoma Valley, one of America's premier wine regions. Along the way, admire picturesque views of rolling hills and vineyards. Learn about the history of the area and the winemaking process. Viticulture in the region started when Spanish missionaries brought grapes over from Europe in the early 19th century. Tonight, bid goodbye to the "City by the Bay" at the Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: San Francisco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Passengers arriving to Reno should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.
  • For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.
  • Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Not Included
  • Transfers
  • Optional tours and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.